Police: Danbury mom beat son with belt
DANBURY — A city woman has been accused of beating her son after police say the 5-year-old showed up at school with blood on his coat.
The 26-year-old mother was charged last week with intentional cruelty to persons/unlawful punishment — a class D felony — following a police and state Department of Children and Families investigation.
Hearst Connecticut Media is withholding the woman’s name to protect the child’s identity. The boy and an infant have been removed from the home, according to the mother’s arrest affidavit.
Police said the boy went to his Danbury elementary school on Feb. 5 with blood on the sleeve of his coat. A nurse contacted DCF after police said the child told school staff that the blood was from his face because his mother hit him, according to the affidavit.
The boy told the school nurse that before dropping him off at school, his mother hit him on the mouth with her hand and across the back of his legs with a belt because he dropped a phone at a friend’s house that morning, according to the affidavit.
The nurse’s DCF referral noted several marks found on the boy’s body — a small bruise on his right arm, small scratches on his left cheek, two marks across the back of his left leg and three marks across his right leg, the affidavit said.
The nurse told a DCF investigator that the boy also appeared to have dried blood under his lower lip when he came into her office, and that she had cleaned it up before DCF arrived, according to the affidavit.
The mother told police that her son “started acting up and broke something” inside a neighbor’s house shortly after she dropped him off there on her way to work, according to the affidavit.
She said the babysitter called her, so she went back and picked up her son, took him home and “hit him with a belt” before bringing him to school, according to the affidavit.
The mother told detectives that her son has behavioral problems and she admitted to hitting him with a belt other times, the document states. Police later retrieved the black leather belt from a crib inside the boy’s bedroom, according to the affidavit.
She also admitted to splashing cold water on him at times because he “hates” it, according to the affidavit.
The mother denied doing anything to her son’s face and told police she didn’t see any blood on him prior to dropping him off at school, according to the affidavit. She said her son has “a problem with frequently getting nose bleeds,” the affidavit said.
The mother was released on a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to enter a plea on May 30 at state Superior Court in Danbury.